invent ( invents 3rd person present) ( inventing present participle) ( invented past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you invent something such as a machine or process, you are the first person to think of it or make it.
He invented the first electric clock... V n
2 verb If you invent a story or excuse, you try to make other people believe that it is true when in fact it is not.
I stood still, trying to invent a plausible excuse. V n
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
1 coin, come up with (informal) conceive, contrive, create, design, devise, discover, dream up (informal) formulate, imagine, improvise, originate, think up
2 concoct, cook up (informal) fabricate, feign, forge, make up, manufacture, trump up
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